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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2010, 07:33:52 PM »
I like this:
http://www.m2tech.biz/products.html

Nice...  How much???

This one appeals to me...  http://centrance.com/products/dacport/

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The M2Tech Hiface is $150:
http://www.tweekgeek.com/_e/Portable_Computer_Audio/product/HiFace/M2Tech_HiFace.htm

I like it because it's bit perfect S/PDIF output up to and including 24/192kHz (though, it needs proprietary drivers, not standard drivers).
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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2010, 07:48:08 AM »
I like this:
http://www.m2tech.biz/products.html

Nice...  How much???

This one appeals to me...  http://centrance.com/products/dacport/

Terry

The M2Tech Hiface is $150:
http://www.tweekgeek.com/_e/Portable_Computer_Audio/product/HiFace/M2Tech_HiFace.htm

I like it because it's bit perfect S/PDIF output up to and including 24/192kHz (though, it needs proprietary drivers, not standard drivers).

Good price...  Tho I'm not a fan of proprietory drivers... The DACPort doesn't need drivers, but its only headphone output... 

And its $300+...

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2010, 11:14:48 AM »
this is what i do, and love it:

 


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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2010, 08:53:04 PM »
So am I one of the few with an audio card in my board connected via optical to my system directly?

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2010, 11:13:53 PM »
Although it isn't as nice as an optical from the soundcard to the reciver, this little gadget has treated me pretty well the last few weeks:

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Media-Player-WDBAAL0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002KG0JMG




The Pros:

Less than 60 bucks
Works with most any external USB Driven device, even thumb drives
Plays flac, mp3, wav, aac, and a couple of other audio codecs I care nothing about.
Plays VOB, avi, xvid, and a couple of other video codecs I care nothing about.
Optical out

The Cons:
No Support for 24 Bit
Not truly gapless (like an mp3 player type cut between tracks)



The thing is really tiny and fits great into my system.  Nice and affordable. 


« Last Edit: March 21, 2010, 11:15:24 PM by nab »

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2010, 02:52:02 AM »
^^^^^
Nab, for a couple more dollars you could of gotten a WD media player that supports 24 bit flac. I have this version and it supports everything, 1080p, 24 bit flac, a ridiculous amount of video and pic formats (strangely enough, on Amazon, it is the same price as the mini you posted above, plus it looks sleeker):

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Media-Player-WDBABF0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002USAIYS/ref=pd_cp_e_1




« Last Edit: March 22, 2010, 02:55:32 AM by Superfreakie »
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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2010, 08:26:17 AM »
I was looking that over the other day. Very likely to make the jump to one of those soon.

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2010, 09:07:12 AM »
^^^^^
Nab, for a couple more dollars you could of gotten a WD media player that supports 24 bit flac. I have this version and it supports everything, 1080p, 24 bit flac, a ridiculous amount of video and pic formats (strangely enough, on Amazon, it is the same price as the mini you posted above, plus it looks sleeker):

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Media-Player-WDBABF0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002USAIYS/ref=pd_cp_e_1




I looked that over as well.  When I purchased the unit there was a significant price difference between the two (30-40 bucks).  I decided that the "inconvenience" of  burning a dvd-a for the odd 24 bit source wasn't really worth the money to eradicate.  Plus, if I'm going to go to the trouble of 24 bit, it might as well be gapless, something I don't think either unit supports.  YMMV. 

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2010, 07:53:07 PM »
^^^^^
Nab, for a couple more dollars you could of gotten a WD media player that supports 24 bit flac. I have this version and it supports everything, 1080p, 24 bit flac, a ridiculous amount of video and pic formats (strangely enough, on Amazon, it is the same price as the mini you posted above, plus it looks sleeker):

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Media-Player-WDBABF0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002USAIYS/ref=pd_cp_e_1




I looked that over as well.  When I purchased the unit there was a significant price difference between the two (30-40 bucks).  I decided that the "inconvenience" of  burning a dvd-a for the odd 24 bit source wasn't really worth the money to eradicate.  Plus, if I'm going to go to the trouble of 24 bit, it might as well be gapless, something I don't think either unit supports.  YMMV.

word. The thing that pisses me off about the gapless issue is that it would require the simplest firmware update and we would be off to the races (that chip can easily be played around with). WD dropped the ball on this one. 
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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2010, 08:23:16 PM »
^^^^^
Nab, for a couple more dollars you could of gotten a WD media player that supports 24 bit flac. I have this version and it supports everything, 1080p, 24 bit flac, a ridiculous amount of video and pic formats (strangely enough, on Amazon, it is the same price as the mini you posted above, plus it looks sleeker):

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Media-Player-WDBABF0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002USAIYS/ref=pd_cp_e_1




I looked that over as well.  When I purchased the unit there was a significant price difference between the two (30-40 bucks).  I decided that the "inconvenience" of  burning a dvd-a for the odd 24 bit source wasn't really worth the money to eradicate.  Plus, if I'm going to go to the trouble of 24 bit, it might as well be gapless, something I don't think either unit supports.  YMMV.

word. The thing that pisses me off about the gapless issue is that it would require the simplest firmware update and we would be off to the races (that chip can easily be played around with). WD dropped the ball on this one.

this.

and...personally i am stoked that i didnt even realize that the laptop  i just got has a mini spdif out... does anyone know whoat  i need to hook it into my receiver?

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2010, 12:54:13 AM »
the laptop  i just got has a mini spdif out... does anyone know what  i need to hook it into my receiver?

More than likely this is an optical TOSLINK out.  You'll need an 3.5mm optical > Toslink cable to run into your receiver.  That is, if you receiver has a TOSLINK input.  If your receiver has a RCA SPDIF input, you 'll need to run the TOSLINK into a HOSA ODL276 to convert from TOSLINK to SPDIF.

http://www.amazon.com/3-5MM-TOSLINK-FIBER-OPTIC-CABLE-TOSLINK/dp/B00006LVF3

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BTW, I've only ever seen a TRS SPDIF output on the Denecke AD20.  That require a special 3.5mm > RCA Digi cable.  If this s indeed what you need, seek out Taperssection and find a cable makers...

For those that don't know, TRS is Tip/Ring/Shaft.  Your standard headphone 1/8 plug is a 3.5mm TRS.

« Last Edit: April 03, 2010, 01:04:46 AM by twatts »
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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2010, 04:39:55 PM »
the laptop  i just got has a mini spdif out... does anyone know what  i need to hook it into my receiver?

More than likely this is an optical TOSLINK out.  You'll need an 3.5mm optical > Toslink cable to run into your receiver.  That is, if you receiver has a TOSLINK input.  If your receiver has a RCA SPDIF input, you 'll need to run the TOSLINK into a HOSA ODL276 to convert from TOSLINK to SPDIF.

http://www.amazon.com/3-5MM-TOSLINK-FIBER-OPTIC-CABLE-TOSLINK/dp/B00006LVF3

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BTW, I've only ever seen a TRS SPDIF output on the Denecke AD20.  That require a special 3.5mm > RCA Digi cable.  If this s indeed what you need, seek out Taperssection and find a cable makers...

For those that don't know, TRS is Tip/Ring/Shaft.  Your standard headphone 1/8 plug is a 3.5mm TRS.

thanks for the response. everything you said is pretty much what i've found on my own. all i know so far is that there is a headphone jack on the front that says spdif and i have a receiver with a normal optical digital input. i figure thats a start! :hereitisyousentimentalbastard
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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2010, 07:54:03 PM »
the laptop  i just got has a mini spdif out... does anyone know what  i need to hook it into my receiver?

More than likely this is an optical TOSLINK out.  You'll need an 3.5mm optical > Toslink cable to run into your receiver.  That is, if you receiver has a TOSLINK input.  If your receiver has a RCA SPDIF input, you 'll need to run the TOSLINK into a HOSA ODL276 to convert from TOSLINK to SPDIF.

http://www.amazon.com/3-5MM-TOSLINK-FIBER-OPTIC-CABLE-TOSLINK/dp/B00006LVF3

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BTW, I've only ever seen a TRS SPDIF output on the Denecke AD20.  That require a special 3.5mm > RCA Digi cable.  If this s indeed what you need, seek out Taperssection and find a cable makers...

For those that don't know, TRS is Tip/Ring/Shaft.  Your standard headphone 1/8 plug is a 3.5mm TRS.

thanks for the response. everything you said is pretty much what i've found on my own. all i know so far is that there is a headphone jack on the front that says spdif and i have a receiver with a normal optical digital input. i figure thats a start! :hereitisyousentimentalbastard

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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2010, 05:01:36 PM »
the laptop  i just got has a mini spdif out... does anyone know what  i need to hook it into my receiver?

More than likely this is an optical TOSLINK out.  You'll need an 3.5mm optical > Toslink cable to run into your receiver.  That is, if you receiver has a TOSLINK input.  If your receiver has a RCA SPDIF input, you 'll need to run the TOSLINK into a HOSA ODL276 to convert from TOSLINK to SPDIF.

http://www.amazon.com/3-5MM-TOSLINK-FIBER-OPTIC-CABLE-TOSLINK/dp/B00006LVF3

Terry


BTW, I've only ever seen a TRS SPDIF output on the Denecke AD20.  That require a special 3.5mm > RCA Digi cable.  If this s indeed what you need, seek out Taperssection and find a cable makers...

For those that don't know, TRS is Tip/Ring/Shaft.  Your standard headphone 1/8 plug is a 3.5mm TRS.

i jus ordered a mini>optical cable, i think it'll work, but i've read that i might have to change my laptops output settings to allow digital or something... we'll see...
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Re: an end to the issue of getting PC > Stereo sound....
« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2010, 04:48:13 PM »
the laptop  i just got has a mini spdif out... does anyone know what  i need to hook it into my receiver?

More than likely this is an optical TOSLINK out.  You'll need an 3.5mm optical > Toslink cable to run into your receiver.  That is, if you receiver has a TOSLINK input.  If your receiver has a RCA SPDIF input, you 'll need to run the TOSLINK into a HOSA ODL276 to convert from TOSLINK to SPDIF.

http://www.amazon.com/3-5MM-TOSLINK-FIBER-OPTIC-CABLE-TOSLINK/dp/B00006LVF3

Terry


BTW, I've only ever seen a TRS SPDIF output on the Denecke AD20.  That require a special 3.5mm > RCA Digi cable.  If this s indeed what you need, seek out Taperssection and find a cable makers...

For those that don't know, TRS is Tip/Ring/Shaft.  Your standard headphone 1/8 plug is a 3.5mm TRS.

i jus ordered a mini>optical cable, i think it'll work, but i've read that i might have to change my laptops output settings to allow digital or something... we'll see...

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